SOURCE: Streambox, Inc.

Streambox, Inc.

March 31, 2011 15:53 ET

New Video Codec: Streambox ACT-L3 AP (Advanced Profile) Now Powers Streambox Platform

The New Streambox ACT-L3 AP Video Compression Engine Produces Higher Quality, Low Bandwidth, Lower Latency Video

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - March 31, 2011) - Visit Streambox at the 2011 NAB Show, Booth #SU1702 -- Today, Streambox announced the new Streambox ACT-L3 AP Codec (Advanced Compression Technology - Level 3 Advanced Profile), which utilizes innovative coding methods to incorporate more efficient algorithms and uses new techniques to compress and playout video. The release of this new video compression ACT-L3 AP not only introduces new coding methods, but the Advanced Profile also presents a new frame type: the R-Frame. The R-Frame allows improved quality of live video transmission over wireless and Internet networks for low latency, low bit rate, or high packet loss environments, which are crucial in live breaking news situations. The ACT-L3 AP codec translates across the entire Streambox Platform of professional live and file-based video products including HD/SD rackmount Encoders and Decoders, HD/SD Software Encoders installed on Mac OS X and Windows PC laptops, iPhone and Android Apps, and the mobile encoding device Streambox Avenir. ACT-L3 AP is also supported across all versions of Streambox codecs, including 4:2:2, High Definition, and 3D versions.

"More and more broadcasters, news organizations, and streaming video users are taking advantage of low cost 3G/4G cellular, Wi-Fi, and Internet networks to transmit live video," said Bob Hildeman, chairman and CEO of Streambox. "The new Streambox ACT-L3 AP coding method improves the quality of live video delivered over poor quality networks where there is a considerable amount of packet loss. This new compression engine improves the video from the iPhone, iPad 2, Android phones, Mac and PC Laptops, and Streambox's dedicated HD/SD Encoders and Avenir."

With the ACT-L3 AP codec's R-Frame, there is no need for the typical I-Frame transmission in order to have high video quality over poor or less than desirable IP connections. The new R-Frames ensure the whole picture is updated in milliseconds (or within a predefined duration). All advanced encoding and filtering features of ACT-L3 AP are preserved within the R-Frames to provide excellent video quality. Users also have the option to select the improved ACT-L3 I-Frame mode for high quality file-based video transmission or other suitable situations.

Streambox will demonstrate their innovative video over IP streaming solutions powered by the new ACT-L3 AP video codec at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, Nevada USA from April 11-14, 2011.

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About Streambox
Streambox focuses on IP-based, end-to-end newsgathering and contribution services. It delivers SD and HD software and hardware for video compression, transmission, management and playout. The Streambox Live™ service supplements the Streambox platform with free encoding software and server-based services for scalable newsgathering and contribution.

Streambox solutions are based on the industry-leading ACT-L3 AP™ codec, which provides unrivaled performance, reliability, and quality over low data rate IP networks for fast transmission and playout of video streams in HD and SD. The company's platform enables broadcasters, government agencies, enterprises, and other users to enhance content ownership, simplify operations, and increase operational efficiencies.

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